Recent Loyola University Chicago graduate Alex Cusumano fired a second straight subpar round to share the lead after 36 holes of the ninth annual Metropolitan Open Golf Championship at St. Albans Country Club.
A shot out of the lead heading into Friday, Cusumano shot a 2-under-par 68 and is at 5-under 135 for the tournament.
Cusumano is tied with former University of Missouri standout Jace Long and Chris Thompson.
Thompson, who was the tournament runner-up a year ago, had the low round of the tournament. The Lawrence, Kan., native shot a 5-under-par 65 in the second round.
Long, also taking advantage of the good playing conditions, fired a 66.
Play continues with the final round beginning at 7 a.m.
The 36-hole cut was at 8-over-par 148, with 46 players moving on to the final day of competition.
Among the 46 players advancing was former Edwardsville standout Chris Brant.
Just a shot out of the lead after an opening round 67, Brant shot 71 and is at 2-under 138 for the tournament.
Belleville native and former University of Mississippi standout Phil Caravia carded a 1-under 69 and is at 1 over. 2012 Metropolitan Open champion Mitchell Gregson, of Waterloo, is at 143 after a second-round 73.
Other metro east players making the 36-hole cut were Parker Lawrence and Matt Rau, both at 144.
Former Waterloo standout Wils Hawn will get to play the final 18 holes after posting a two-round total of 146. Collin Neeman is at 148 after a second-straight 74.